Macular Degeneration Relapse Linked to Exudate Type

Moving Beyond Central Foveal Thickness

In patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration, pigment epithelial detachment and intraretinal cysts are more important biomarkers of vision loss than subretinal fluid, researchers report.

subretinal fluid

This information will be useful when determining which patients need to be followed most closely, said Hrvoje Bogunović, PhD, from the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Ophthalmic Image Analysis at the Medical University of Vienna.

“It all comes down to the need to optimize the treatment,” he told Medscape Medical News. The current standard measure of neovascular age-related macular degeneration — central foveal thickness — is only loosely correlated to visual function.

Dr Bogunović presented the finding here at the European Society of Retina Specialists 15th EURETINA Congress.

“The correlation is not strong, but the message is clear: it’s the volume of the cystoid fluid that is associated with poorer vision,” he said.

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